Dawn of the Deer, or My Own Private Body Farm…
DAY 6 - Sunday, March 16, 2008
7:30 a.m. Body slightly rearranged, and something has gnawed all the flesh and hair off the lower leg, and gnawed a bit on the hoof, exposing the reddish interior.
DAY 7 - Monday, March 17, 2008
7:30 a.m. Looks about the same, but something futzed about with the clump of fur/skin.
View as seen through ribs.
DAY 8 - Tuesday, March 18, 2008
7:30 a.m. No real change from previous evening.
Reminds me of remains of some prehistoric reptile/fish…
6:00 p.m. The two legs in ‘grave’ were disturbed, and obviously moved around. The dirt around the area seemed to have been dug or kicked up. The mound of hair was disturbed and I’m pretty sure the ears are gone.
A shot at night. CSI deer crime ;)
DAY 9 - Wednesday, March 19, 2008
2:00 a.m. or so. A deer showed up in the back yard and made some distressed noises.
7:30 a.m. The perverse ‘mink stole’ flesh/fur has vanished from the front yard. I check the back and find a bunch of hair scattered in the same area where I’d found a leg. I’m guessing that the hair/flesh remains were de-furred there and the flesh eaten. The legs in the ‘grave’ are gone, as are the ears from the hair pile. I took a look around but can’t find them
DAY 10 - Thursday, March 20, 2008
It’s been raining on and off the last day, so now the remains of flesh on the deer are turning ucky and gray.
DAY 11 - Friday, March 21, 2008
Hmm, nothing has changed. Maybe it’s time to bury it.
DAY 12 – Saturday, March 22, 2008
7:30 a.m. Or not. Something flipped Bambi over on the other side. I’ve decided to let nature take its course and the bones can stay until we have to mow the lawn.
DAY 15 - Tuesday, March 25, 2008
6:00 p.m. Skull and spine remain basically the same. As I took close-up photos, I detected a whiff of purification w hen I was just inches away. Temps were in the 40s today.
And the missing legs, I discovered, did quite a walkabout - to the far backyard, which is overgrown woodsy/vine area, which the deer love to traipse through. Both legs are in the same condition for the most part – from knee down is untouched but the hip joint has been gnawed off. Both were dragged far from the ‘grave’ in the back. I’d just decided to wander the back and never would have found them otherwise.
A piece of fur/flesh found in a tree branch over 50 yards away…
Nighttime shot of skeleton.
Close-up of lower jaw and skull
Hoof from one leg
Second leg chewn down to bone.
DAY 19 - Saturday, March 29, 2008
For the past few days, Bambi has remained static, with no visible signs of change. However, today (or rather, last night) Bambi moved 10 feet back toward the initial attack scene, and was totally flipped, head to toe, and on the other side. She’s bleaching out now from the sun, and there’s really nothing edible left, so I’m assuming some critter came by looking and turned her over trying find something. The stench of purification is a little stronger, probably due to warmer temps and well, nobody has cracked open the skull and there are no bugs around to dine on the brain.
So, the bones will stay until a) it remains static for one entire week, or b) the grass starts to grow and we have to move it…
Day 20 – Sun, Mar 30 – had been moved about 7 feet back, flipped over on side; ground gouged where it once lay. Otherwise, nothing appears missing.
Day 22 – Tue, Apr 1 – It got warm enough to see bugs! Bugs, like midges, crawling and flitting around the bones.
Day 23 – Wed, Apr 2 – Got cold. No bugs today. Darn.
View through the ribs. Remaining skin(?) connective tissue now browning out.
Underside of top of skull.
Bottom of hoof.
Day 30 – Wed, Apr 9 – Found the 4th leg in the back. Sorta misplaced amongst all the leaves and branches. A severed deer leg looks just like a dead tree branch. The flesh has been gnawed down practically to the hoof.
Day 31 – Thur, Apr 10 – Warmer, so black beetles with orange on the sides of their heads were crawling over the bones.
Day 35 – Apr 14 – Turned over bones, which are still pretty stiff but light. A dollop of something that looked like gray gravy leaked out of the skull, which was now swarming with those black beetles with little half-orange heads. I guess the brains liquefied. Eeeuuuuu.
Day, er, oh, 61! - Sat, May 10 - It’s been rainy, in the 60s and such with the occasional day in the 70s. Just hours shy of two months since Bambi got nailed by the coyotes, and the grass is growing. Too much. So, must mow the lawn and Bambi must move on to new quarters. The last time I picked up Bambi, she was pretty light and still in one piece. Today, the skull pulled off the grown, and the jaw fell off, and tons of little black beetles just dropped out of the skull like black rain. Same thing happened when I picked up the spine/rib cage, which is still in one piece and one incredibly strong ligament keeps the remaining leg bone attached. And it stinks. Yup, despite being virtually just bone remaining, some remaining, well, whatever, in the brain, on the spine, stinks.
Grass is growing!
I also found the legs still in the same place behind the old garden, barely touched. They too are wafting that dead deer stench. The grass and plants were growing around them, but, did see some beetle activity.
Skeleton in growing grass
Bugs on ground; fell out of skull.
So today, I picked up all the pieces and moved them atop a log pile. When I picked up the skull, liquid and bugs poured out as apparently it filled up during the rains. Eeeuuu…
Final resting place.
Hopefully, now Zombie Bambi can desiccate in peace. The end.
Disclaimer: Of course, this isn’t something you should try at home. It hadn’t been intentional, but with various more urgent matters to attend to, we just let nature take its course.
Whitetail deer age:http://www.whitetails.com/deer_info/age_determination.cfm
And that's it!